Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease that destroys the nerve cells, or neurons, that invigorate our muscles.
Neurons are found in the brain and spinal cord, which comprise the central nervous system (CNS).
As these cells weaken and wither, so do the muscles associated with them. Ultimately, this leads to a paralysis of those muscles.
Early warning symptoms of the disease include weakness and fatigue of the arms or legs, and sometimes difficulty with speaking clearly.
Other symptoms that may appear in early stages of ALS include:
- Problems walking, including tripping and dragging the feet
- Tired and weak feet, ankles and knees
- Cramping, trembling and twitching of arms and shoulders
- Tongue spasms
- Difficulty keeping the head upright
In later stages of the disease, more severe symptoms reveal themselves.
The muscles responsible for breathing, swallowing and moving the body deteriorate to the point where they can no longer function.
There is no known cure as of yet. The causes of ALS are not well understood, but it is accepted that genetics and chemical imbalances within the brain may play a role in the disease’s development.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can assist in managing the symptoms of ALS, including muscle weakness and cramping, fatigue and emotional issues.
According to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, the kidneys are responsible for the production and control of a vital substance called marrow, which produces essential components that make up a healthy central nervous system.
The brain is considered a repository for marrow, and is thus termed the Sea of Marrow. When the kidneys are deficient, this can negatively impact the central nervous system.
When kidney deficiency occurs, it is important to nourish and revitalize them, so they can in turn help nourish and revitalize the brain.